In this section of the website Frome people talk about the domestic and housing conditions of the past.
Dorothy Hawker discusses the pleasures of raising a young family in Frome and the walks, picnics and trips to the seaside they enjoyed
Margaret Wharlow looks back to the time when her children were young and she went to Mothers' Union meetings once a month
Diana Ingram describes how her husband told her she had to give up her secretarial job at Butler and Tanner when they got married.
Daisy Bane left school at 14 and went to work at Houstons, a job she enjoyed but which she gave up in 1939 when she got married
Trevor Weston was raised in the 'Ope', off Selwood Road, and remembers the streets and shops and the games that children used to play
Ron White discusses the mill owners' and mill workers' houses that used to be in Waterloo, and describes the interior of his own childhood home
BS discusses growing up in a house in the Trinity area of Frome, which some people used to call 'Chinatown'
Allan Fairhurst lived in a two-up and two-down cottage with an outside toilet, shared outside water tap, and washday boiler
Winifred Fairhurst remembers her early life in York Street and talks about growing up in a family of four brothers and three sisters
Cliff Ellis looks back at his childhood living in Keyford and recalls many of the buildings and businesses around his home
Tony and Sylvia Austin talk about life in Church Lane in their one-up and one-down cottage, without an indoor water supply or electricity
Gwen Venn remembers how her kitchen window was six feet from the railway line and how she made tea for a passing train driver.
Dorothy Russell talks about what life was like in her two-roomed cottage on Vicarage Street, with a shared toilet in the back yard
Gerald Quartley was born in Whitewell Road in Frome when it was still surrounded by farmland. He recalls his home there, which had no electricity or gas